Your chance to sample the joys of traditional tall ship sailing and discover Spains best kept secret, the Rías Baixas, on board a 2 masted wooden schooner. Below decks your accommodation is practical and functional. An open cabin with various curtained bunks, storage & shared bathrooms equipped with showers.Above the sleeping quarters is a spacious saloon with a 60¨ TV and plenty of space to relax.We’ll spend 6 days on board cruising around the Rías Baixas, spending nights at anchor under the stars with all the following included • Food & wine tasting • Full board & accommodation • Guided hikes around the Islas Cies • Seafood workshop, canning factory visit, winery tour inc tasting • Practice your Spanish onboard! Bilingual trip • Personal development workshop (optional)
ItineraryDay 1: Day sail around the Ría de Vigo with a food & wine tasting eventStop At: Casco Vello Vigo, Vigo, Province of Pontevedra, GaliciaJoin Atyla at 11.00 in Puerto de Vigo. If you are coming from abroad you can fly into either Vigo or Santiago de Compostela, both have international flights. After you get settled, there will be a short safety briefing on ship life, then we’ll get started with the first of our activities, a public food & wine tasting event onboard, cruising around the ría. Once our day guests disembark we will set sail toward Cies Islands nature reserve, known to the Romans as ‘Land of the Gods’. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: A light buffet style lunch cruising around the ría as part of a food & wine tasting event • DinnerAccommodation included: We'll sleep on the ship, under sail. If it's a clear night you can enjoy the beauty of night sailing under the starsDay 2: Sailing towards Islas CiesPass By: Islas Cies, Vigo, Province of Pontevedra, GaliciaWe'll spend the day sailing down towards Islas Cies from Vigo. If we're lucky we'll see dolphins and arroaces once we reach Cies. On this part of the journey you'll get to take part in the actual sailing. If the wind is with up we'll hoist the sails and turn the engine off. This is a beautiful sensation. Don't worry if you have no sailing experience, the crew will help you. Meals included: • Breakfast: Cereal, toast & jam, fruit and tea & coffee. • Lunch: A freshly cooked meal prepared on board. • Dinner: A freshly cooked meal prepared onboard.Accommodation included: Sleeping onboardDay 3: Islas Cies - Guided walkStop At: Islas Cies, Vigo, Province of Pontevedra, GaliciaWe plan to arrive at approximately 10 a.m and anchor off the island. If we’re lucky, we’ll see “arroaces”, small native dolphins swimming around the ship. Once we’re anchored we’ll dinghy in to the island for a couple of guided walks, with a local expert guide who will tell us all about the islands; the fauna, flora and its importance in the local ecosystem. Make sure you take your camera! Lunch will be a picnic on the island between walks, after which we will return to the boat where the cook will have prepared a delicious paella or BBQ to enjoy as you watch the sun go down over the horizon. We’ll sleep at anchor under the stars with the sea to rock us to sleep. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Continental • Lunch: Picnic • Dinner: Freshly prepared meal cooked onboardAccommodation included: OnboardDay 4: Islas Cies with guided walk and night at anchorStop At: Islas Cies, Vigo, Province of Pontevedra, GaliciaThe following day we’ll return to the Cies Island after breakfast and walk to the top of Agudo mountain and through the forest, a picnic will be provided for lunch. Once back on the ship we will partake of another delicious Galician meal and spend another night at anchor. Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Continental • Lunch: Picnic • Dinner: Freshly prepared meal cooked onboardAccommodation included: OnboardDay 5: Sailing from Islas Cies to O Grove, outing, wine tastingPass By: Islas Cies, Vigo, Province of Pontevedra, GaliciaWe will lift anchor at 8 a.m after an early breakfast for a day sail towards O Grove, arriving early evening. You can enjoy a free evening in the town and have dinner on board.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: OnboardDay 6: O Grove, shellfish gathering, canning factory visit, wine cellar visit. Tasting includedStop At: O Carreiro, O Grove, Province of Pontevedra, GaliciaThe following day is a local gastro extravaganza! First we will go on a seafood workshop where we’ll don wellies and a waterproof and go down to the shore accompanied by the shell fisherwomen who will show us how to identify the different types of clams and tell us something of the history of their livelihood. After this we’ll make our way to the canning factory, where we will have a guided tour to show us how the seafood is selected and marinated. We’ll also get to sample some along with a drink. Our last stop for the day is a private manor house surrounded by manicured gardens and sweeping vineyards. After a stroll around the gardens we’ll visit the vineyard and finish up at the manor house for a wine tasting session. The mornings fun will most definitely have whet your appetite so we shall head back to the ship for a hearty lunch and time to pack up and be ready to disembark at 18.00 Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.